Managing Conflict: Bias in the Hiring Process

February 9, 2023

In this webinar, Dr. Trent Grundmeyer, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Drake University, facilitates our new simulation, Bias in the Hiring Process.

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During this complimentary webinar, you will join peers across the country and be put into the role of Superintendent of Gunderson Community School District. You will meet with the school board and must recognize and influence potential hiring biases. The school board has requested a voice in selecting and hiring a new high school principal. You will deal with biases in the process as they arise.

Trade-offs to Consider in the Simulation:

  • Community Acceptance vs. Community Needs
  • Qualifications vs. Board Acceptance
  • Board Perspective vs. Your Perspective

Key Standards PSEL:

  • Ethics and Professional Norms
  • Equity and Cultural Responsiveness

Potential Topics for Discussion:

  • Awareness of bias (self and others)
  • Potential impacts of unaddressed bias
  • Needs of community vs. needs of students vs. needs of Board

Key Simulation Characters Include:

  • Argent Maxwell, Board President
  • Henry VandeVander, Board Vice President
  • Irene Goodsen, Board Member
  • Jim Stockwell, Board Member
  • Jann Pearson, Board Member
  • David Hanson, Andrew Taylor, Kraig Krammer, Lisa Carter – Candidates

SchoolSims participants are afforded opportunities to work through authentic school-based issues and practice decision-making to improve learning and retention. By expanding their experience portfolio, aspiring and sitting school leaders and teachers build resilience and extend capacity to prepare them for real-life challenges.

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SchoolSims provides a powerful and affordable way to deliver highly effective training for school leaders and teachers. Current and aspiring leaders and teachers are offered a chance to experience real-life scenarios that depict true events but in a simulated setting. Since there aren’t always right or wrong answers when it comes to human behavior, experimentation is encouraged within the simulation as there is no way to fail. Participants practice critical thinking and are encouraged to discuss the reasons behind their choices which allows for peer-to-peer learning.